Have you ever told anyone, “I hope you won’t regret that?” Do you ever regret decisions you made or things you said?
If you’re like me or other millions of people on Earth, you’d claim that you don’t regret any of your past actions because you believe that if something is meant to be, it will work out regardless of what decisions you make. We like to say that. But it’s bullshit. We only say that because it’s easier to think this way than to admit that we screwed up something and wish we had done it differently. But we can’t turn back the wheel of time. So we lie. Mainly to ourselves.
We can’t go back to choose the other option, to seize an opportunity, to take the harder path, to opt for the scary instead of the secure, to recreate a situation, to relive a moment, or to remake a decision.
For most things in life, we don’t get a second chance. We like to tell ourselves that we do, but even if we happen to be in the same life situation again and the same opportunity arises, everything will be different by then. We change. We will be at a different stage in our life and have different needs, and so our actions will have different consequences, too.
Every not taken chance is a missed opportunity, and you’ll never be able to find out what if…
What if you…
had taken that job,
gone on that trip,
given a shot to that relationship,
said yes to that offer,
forgiven that person,
gotten out of your comfort zone,
spoken to that stranger,
followed your heart,
listened to that advice,
had the courage to do what you haven’t done.
How many times did you convince yourself that it was better not to do something because…
it would have been too difficult,
the timing wasn’t right,
it wouldn’t have worked out,
the circumstances weren’t ideal,
you weren’t ready?
We can delude ourselves as much as we want, but if we never try, we’ll never know.
“Life is too short” might sound like a cliché and not make much sense when you’re still young, but you don’t want to wake up one day to realize that all of it is gone and be filled with unfulfilled dreams.
Life is too short…
not to take risks,
not to go after what you want,
not to be open to opportunities, and
to live it in a coma.
Don’t waste your life with thinking too much about whether you should do something or not. Just do it. Just try. Even if it seems impossible and even if everyone around you thinks you’ve lost your mind. It’s you, whom you have to please, nobody else. Don’t be the burden of your own happiness.
It’s better to try and fail than not try at all. Because if you don’t try, you’re not going to lose, but you can’t win either. But if you try, you might hit the jackpot. All it takes is to believe in yourself. Because if YOU think you can do it, you CAN. No matter what everybody else says.
“Life is a journey” is another overused phrase, but that’s for a reason. It’s a journey where every stop gives you something and enhances your life in some way. Even when it’s painful and even when you don’t see the point. Making a stop somewhere takes time, and occasionally, you’ll need to stay longer at a destination than you feel like it. Still… always take the local train, not the express. Because if you go too fast, you might miss important stops. Some barely known places that might not seem to matter at the time but could pave the way to your biggest dreams.
Have you already read the story about my hitchhiking adventure?